Build a Culture That Embraces Technology
Technology is rapidly evolving. Is your team ready to change with it? Here are a few tips to help you build a culture that embraces technology:
Have you ever moved into a new home and found yourself driving back to your old address instead of your new one? Or arrived home and realized you don’t remember the entire drive? A lot of people have because their route is a habit. Habits are simply patterns that we repeat, and they’re hard to break. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – habits allow us to focus on the things that require our attention while performing known tasks in the background without having to think about them. Habits embed in everything we do, including processes at work, and recognizing their importance is the first step in building a culture that embraces technology.
Include the Team
Change is hard and it isn’t (usually) a conscious decision of your team to ignore changes in processes and workflow. Including your team members as part of the project team can help break down barriers. It can also help with adoption by providing insight into the current process, potential pitfalls with the proposed changes and championing these new processes and technologies throughout the organization.
Implementing change means breaking a pattern, so follow-up is key. Training is necessary for new things, but without reinforcement, people fall back into old habits. The good news is once the team is used to the new process, new habits are formed that become second nature. Keep an open line with your team to understand their concerns with the process or technology and teach the reason behind the change.
New technology. It sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be. It doesn’t mean you have to jump into the deep end of the pool right away—you can doggy-paddle your way to the end and be just as successful.
Want to continue this discussion? Join me at ALTA ONE to discuss how to avoid these pitfalls and adopt change in your office that sticks.
Samantha Budzyn of Amrock will lead a session titled “Technology Is Rapidly Evolving: Is Your Team Ready to Change With It?” at ALTA ONE in Austin, Texas. Click here to register.